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Head Coach Brad Smith

Brad Smith begins his first season as the head swimming & diving coach at Binghamton University. He arrives from Western Colorado, where he was the head women’s coach the previous two years. In addition, Smith was also the assistant coach at Maine from 2009-12.

Smith was named the head women’s coach at Western Colorado in 2012, when the program became an intercollegiate sport at the NCAA Division II level. The Mountaineers had previously sponsored an NCAA swimming program from 1960-84. In his two years at the helm, Smith oversaw a squad that produced a NCAA qualifier, set 84 team and pool records and was named a Scholar All-American team in 2014. In addition, Western Colorado had an all-conference swimmer and three academic all-conference honorees during his tenure.

At Maine, Smith was the assistant coach when the Black Bear men’s squad placed fourth at the 2011 America East Championships – their highest finish in a decade. During his final two years, Maine broke a total of 21 school records. According to avidasports, the Black Bear men’s team ranked ninth nationally in terms of yearly improvement in 2011 while the women were sixth nationally the following year.

A 2007 graduate of Vermont, Smith was a four-year letterwinner for the Catamounts. The following two years, he was the Director of Women’s Swimming Operations at Vermont and also was the men’s club team coach.

Samantha Graham

Samantha Graham, a former diver for America East foe University of Maine, begins her third year as the diving coach at Binghamton in 2014-15. In her previous two seasons, Graham has been influential in sending Devin Zdanowski to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in back-to-back years. In addition, the Bearcats have won four medals at the America East Championships under her watch; including the program’s first-ever gold medal in a diving event (men or women) from Imani Williams in 2013.

Graham, a native of Vestal, returned home to jump on board with the coaching staff at Binghamton University in the fall of 2012. During her four years at Maine, Graham was a three-time finalist at the America East Championships and earned the Miller Diving Award and Chandler Comeback Award from her alma mater. She ranks second all-time at Maine on the one-meter board.

The 2010 University of Maine graduate joined the Binghamton staff after spending 2010-11 coaching at Vestal High School. While there, Graham was responsible for the men and women divers which is her current focus at Binghamton. She coached three men and three women divers to top-12 finishes at the Section IV Championships. Graham is a member of USA Diving and has spent several years coaching at camps in both Binghamton and Maine.

Graham earned her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and has a K-12 teaching certification in the state of Maine. Her brother Ryan Graham dove for Binghamton from 2005-2009 and still holds the one-meter and three-meter diving records.

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